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[[File:611 on turntable.jpg|left|thumb|The recently restored No. 611 sitting on the [[Railway turntable|turntable]] at the North Carolina Transportation Museum on May 23, 2015]]
[[File:611 on turntable.jpg|left|thumb|The recently restored No. 611 sitting on the [[Railway turntable|turntable]] at the North Carolina Transportation Museum on May 23, 2015]]


On May 24, 2014, the No. 611 locomotive was towed out of the VMT and moved to the NCTM the next day to take part in the ''Streamliners at Spencer'' event the following weekend.<ref>{{Cite web|last=Moxley|first=Tonia|title=‘Old 611’ begins journey from museum piece to running locomotive|url=https://roanoke.com/news/local/old-611-begins-journey-from-museum-piece-to-running-locomotive/article_2baf4240-e3ac-11e3-b609-001a4bcf6878.html|work=The Roanoke Times|date=May 24, 2014|access-date=April 17, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210417110530/https://roanoke.com/news/local/old-611-begins-journey-from-museum-piece-to-running-locomotive/article_2baf4240-e3ac-11e3-b609-001a4bcf6878.html|archive-date=April 17, 2021}}</ref><ref name="TheCharlotteObserver">{{Cite web|last=Washburn|first=Mark|title=‘Locomotives gather for a historic reunion at museum in Spencer|url=https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article9126335.html|work=[[The Charlotte Observer]]|date=May 30, 2014|access-date=June 2, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170909010212/https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article9126335.html|archive-date=September 9, 2017}}</ref>{{efn|It was moved to Spencer, North Carolina by NS No. 8103, an [[GE Evolution Series#ES44AC|SD70ACe]] diesel locomotive painted in Norfolk and Western colors.<ref name="611FarewellCelebration">{{Cite magazine|last=Price|first=Gray|date=June 2014|title=611 Farewell Celebration|url=https://www.wataugavalleynrhs.org/newsletters/201406WhistleStop.pdf|magazine=Whistle Stop|publisher=Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum|pages=6–7|access-date=June 2, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180413084506/https://www.wataugavalleynrhs.org/newsletters/201406WhistleStop.pdf|archive-date=April 13, 2018}}</ref>}} During the event, NS CEO Wick Moorman removed the first bolt off the No. 611 locomotive and the restoration work began on June 2, 2014, shortly after the event.<ref name="611FarewellCelebration"/><ref>{{Cite web|title=The first wrench is turned and the restoration is underway.|url=http://fireup611.org/2014/06/06/the-first-wrench-is-turned-and-the-restoration-is-underway/|work=Fire Up 611!|publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation|date=June 6, 2014|access-date=July 1, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20141216215002/http://fireup611.org/2014/06/06/the-first-wrench-is-turned-and-the-restoration-is-underway/|archive-date=December 16, 2014|url-status=dead}}</ref> The overhaul performed by the ''Steam Operations Corporation'' was made to meet the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) current safety guidelines and certification requirements along with the help of volunteers, including several from the [[Age of Steam Roundhouse]] in [[Sugarcreek, Ohio]].<ref name="NCTM611"/><ref>{{Cite web|date=December 31, 2015|title=Roundhouse Report – Winter 2014-2015|url=http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.org/age-of-steam-roundhouse-report-winter-2014-2015/|work=Age of Steam Roundhouse|access-date=August 23, 2019|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190823140940/http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.org/age-of-steam-roundhouse-report-winter-2014-2015/|archive-date=August 23, 2019}}</ref> On July 1, the locomotive had been completely disassembled.<ref name="Hensley&Miller2021pp98-102">{{Harvp|Hensley|Miller|2021|pp=98-102}}.</ref> The restoration work includes installing new flues, boiler work, repairs to the locomotive's [[Bogie|trucks]], tender, [[Superheater#Locomotives|superheaters]], boiler staybolts, [[running gear (rail transport)|running gear]], and air brakes.<ref name="Hensley&Miller2021pp98-102"/><ref name="611study">{{Cite web|title=Restoration of Norfolk & Western Railway Class J 611 Study Findings & Report |url=http://fireup611.org/the-campaign/the-feasibility-study/ |work=Fire Up 611! |publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation |access-date=March 7, 2017 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130705020535/http://fireup611.org/the-campaign/the-feasibility-study/ |archive-date=July 5, 2013 |url-status=dead }}</ref>
On May 24, 2014, the No. 611 locomotive was towed out of the VMT and moved to the NCTM the next day to take part in the ''Streamliners at Spencer'' event the following weekend.<ref>{{Cite web|last=Moxley|first=Tonia|title=‘Old 611’ begins journey from museum piece to running locomotive|url=https://roanoke.com/news/local/old-611-begins-journey-from-museum-piece-to-running-locomotive/article_2baf4240-e3ac-11e3-b609-001a4bcf6878.html|work=The Roanoke Times|date=May 24, 2014|access-date=April 17, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210417110530/https://roanoke.com/news/local/old-611-begins-journey-from-museum-piece-to-running-locomotive/article_2baf4240-e3ac-11e3-b609-001a4bcf6878.html|archive-date=April 17, 2021}}</ref><ref name="TheCharlotteObserver">{{Cite web|last=Washburn|first=Mark|title=‘Locomotives gather for a historic reunion at museum in Spencer|url=https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article9126335.html|work=[[The Charlotte Observer]]|date=May 30, 2014|access-date=June 2, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170909010212/https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article9126335.html|archive-date=September 9, 2017}}</ref>{{efn|It was moved to Spencer, North Carolina by NS No. 8103, an [[GE Evolution Series#ES44AC|SD70ACe]] diesel locomotive painted in Norfolk and Western colors.<ref name="611FarewellCelebration">{{Cite magazine|last=Price|first=Gray|date=June 2014|title=611 Farewell Celebration|url=https://www.wataugavalleynrhs.org/newsletters/201406WhistleStop.pdf|magazine=Whistle Stop|publisher=Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum|pages=6–7|access-date=June 2, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180413084506/https://www.wataugavalleynrhs.org/newsletters/201406WhistleStop.pdf|archive-date=April 13, 2018}}</ref>}} During the event, NS CEO Wick Moorman removed the first bolt off the No. 611 locomotive and the restoration work began on June 2, 2014, shortly after the event.<ref name="611FarewellCelebration"/><ref>{{Cite web|title=The first wrench is turned and the restoration is underway.|url=http://fireup611.org/2014/06/06/the-first-wrench-is-turned-and-the-restoration-is-underway/|work=Fire Up 611!|publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation|date=June 6, 2014|access-date=July 1, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20141216215002/http://fireup611.org/2014/06/06/the-first-wrench-is-turned-and-the-restoration-is-underway/|archive-date=December 16, 2014|url-status=dead}}</ref> The overhaul performed by the ''Steam Operations Corporation'' was made to meet the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) current safety guidelines and certification requirements along with the help of volunteers, including several from the [[Age of Steam Roundhouse]] in [[Sugarcreek, Ohio]].<ref name="NCTM611"/><ref>{{Cite web|date=December 31, 2015|title=Roundhouse Report – Winter 2014-2015|url=http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.org/age-of-steam-roundhouse-report-winter-2014-2015/|work=Age of Steam Roundhouse|access-date=August 23, 2019|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190823140940/http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.org/age-of-steam-roundhouse-report-winter-2014-2015/|archive-date=August 23, 2019}}</ref> On July 1, the locomotive had been completely disassembled.<ref name="Hensley&Miller2021pp98-101">{{Harvp|Hensley|Miller|2021|pp=98-101}}.</ref> The restoration work includes installing new flues, boiler work, repairs to the locomotive's [[Bogie|trucks]], tender, [[Superheater#Locomotives|superheaters]], boiler staybolts, [[running gear (rail transport)|running gear]], and air brakes.<ref name="Hensley&Miller2021pp98-101"/><ref name="611study">{{Cite web|title=Restoration of Norfolk & Western Railway Class J 611 Study Findings & Report |url=http://fireup611.org/the-campaign/the-feasibility-study/ |work=Fire Up 611! |publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation |access-date=March 7, 2017 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130705020535/http://fireup611.org/the-campaign/the-feasibility-study/ |archive-date=July 5, 2013 |url-status=dead }}</ref>


On February 23, 2015,<ref>{{Cite web|title=The Restoration |url=http://fireup611.org/restoration/|work=Fire Up 611!|publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation|access-date=June 10, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150227090125/http://fireup611.org/restoration/|archive-date=February 27, 2015|url-status=dead}}</ref> No. 611's boiler successfully passed a [[hydrostatic test]] and was test fired on March 31.<ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=UPDATE: Norfolk & Western No. 611 gaining steam|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/03/611-steam-test|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=March 31, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151017163430/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/03/611-steam-test|archive-date=October 17, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=VIDEO: Norfolk & Western 611 steam test: All systems go|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/norfolk--western-611-steam-test-all-systems-go|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=April 1, 2015|access-date=March 7, 2017|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20161227150655/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/norfolk--western-611-steam-test-all-systems-go|archive-date=December 27, 2016}}</ref> After the steam test, the locomotive was being reassembled and repainted with a new coat of paint donated from [[Axalta]].<ref name="Hensley&Miller2021pp98-102"/><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=No. 611 tender repainted, shop tour planned|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/no-611-tender-repainted-readied-for-operation|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=April 2, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210211034929/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/no-611-tender-repainted-readied-for-operation|archive-date=February 11, 2021|url-status=dead}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=Axalta Sponsors Restoration of Class J #611 Steam Locomotive|url=https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150526006207/en/Axalta-Sponsors-Restoration-of-Class-J-611-Steam-Locomotive|work=Axalta Coating Systems|publisher=[[Business Wire]]|date=May 26, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210611155109/https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150526006207/en/Axalta-Sponsors-Restoration-of-Class-J-611-Steam-Locomotive|archive-date=June 11, 2021}}</ref>
On February 23, 2015,<ref>{{Cite web|title=The Restoration |url=http://fireup611.org/restoration/|work=Fire Up 611!|publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation|access-date=June 10, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150227090125/http://fireup611.org/restoration/|archive-date=February 27, 2015|url-status=dead}}</ref> No. 611's boiler successfully passed a [[hydrostatic test]] and was test fired on March 31.<ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=UPDATE: Norfolk & Western No. 611 gaining steam|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/03/611-steam-test|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=March 31, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151017163430/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/03/611-steam-test|archive-date=October 17, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=VIDEO: Norfolk & Western 611 steam test: All systems go|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/norfolk--western-611-steam-test-all-systems-go|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=April 1, 2015|access-date=March 7, 2017|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20161227150655/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/norfolk--western-611-steam-test-all-systems-go|archive-date=December 27, 2016}}</ref> After the steam test, the locomotive was being reassembled and repainted with a new coat of paint donated from [[Axalta]].<ref name="Hensley&Miller2021pp98-101"/><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=No. 611 tender repainted, shop tour planned|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/no-611-tender-repainted-readied-for-operation|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=April 2, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210211034929/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/04/no-611-tender-repainted-readied-for-operation|archive-date=February 11, 2021|url-status=dead}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=Axalta Sponsors Restoration of Class J #611 Steam Locomotive|url=https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150526006207/en/Axalta-Sponsors-Restoration-of-Class-J-611-Steam-Locomotive|work=Axalta Coating Systems|publisher=[[Business Wire]]|date=May 26, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210611155109/https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150526006207/en/Axalta-Sponsors-Restoration-of-Class-J-611-Steam-Locomotive|archive-date=June 11, 2021}}</ref>


On May 9, 2015,<ref name="WelcomeHome611">{{Cite web|last=Gunnoe|first=Chase|title=A job well done! Welcome home, 611!|url=http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/observation-tower/archive/2015/05/31/a-job-well-done-welcome-home-611.aspx|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=May 31, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160425052854/http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/observation-tower/archive/2015/05/31/a-job-well-done-welcome-home-611.aspx|archive-date=April 25, 2016}}</ref> No. 611 moved under its own power for the first time in nearly 21 years and successfully completed a main line test run from Spencer to [[Greensboro, North Carolina]] and back on May 21.<ref>{{Cite web|last=Wrinn|first=Jim|title=Norfolk & Western No. 611 roars back onto the main line, but wye is a problem|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/norfolk--western-no-611-roars-back-onto-the-main-line-but-wye-is-a-problem|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=May 21, 2015|access-date=March 17, 2019|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150529194932/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/norfolk--western-no-611-roars-back-onto-the-main-line-but-wye-is-a-problem|archive-date=May 29, 2015}}</ref>{{efn|Being prepared for its second excursion career, No. 611 was given back the tool car No. 1407 from the Roanoke Chapter NRHS and another ex-L&N ''Big Emma'' auxiliary tender VMTX No. 250001, which was originally used behind No. 1218 during its NS excursion career from 1987 to 1991.<ref name="TurntableTimes2015">{{Cite magazine|last=|first=|date=May 4, 2015|title=N&W No. 2156 Headed To Roanoke|url=https://roanokenrhs.org/Newsletter_PDFs/2015/2nd_qtr_Turntable_Times_2015.pdf|magazine=Turntable Times|publisher=Roanoke Chapter, National Railway Historical Society|page=5|access-date=June 12, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210612155852/https://roanokenrhs.org/Newsletter_PDFs/2015/2nd_qtr_Turntable_Times_2015.pdf|archive-date=June 12, 2021}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=More cars arrive for N&W No. 611; test run to Greensboro set for Thursday|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/more-cars-arrive-for-nw-no-611-test-run-to-greensboro-set-for-thursday|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Publishing|date=May 20, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20191207054622/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/more-cars-arrive-for-nw-no-611-test-run-to-greensboro-set-for-thursday|archive-date=December 7, 2019|url-status=dead}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|title=Chessie Safety Express #614A Water Tender|url=https://www.themetrains.com/chessie-safety-express-consist-614A-aux-tender.html|work=ThemeTrains.com|access-date=June 3, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150529194932/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/norfolk--western-no-611-roars-back-onto-the-main-line-but-wye-is-a-problem|archive-date=June 3, 2021}}</ref>}} On May 28, the NCTM held photo runbys with No. 611 leading passenger and freight consists, plus night photo session.<ref>{{Cite web|title=The NCTM says goodbye to the 611!|url=http://fireup611.org/event/fired-up-photo-charter-at-the-nctm-in-spencer-nc/|work=Fire Up 611!|publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation|access-date=March 7, 2017|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150428211337/http://fireup611.org/event/fired-up-photo-charter-at-the-nctm-in-spencer-nc/|archive-date=April 28, 2015|url-status=dead}}</ref>
On May 9, 2015,<ref name="WelcomeHome611">{{Cite web|last=Gunnoe|first=Chase|title=A job well done! Welcome home, 611!|url=http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/observation-tower/archive/2015/05/31/a-job-well-done-welcome-home-611.aspx|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=May 31, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160425052854/http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/observation-tower/archive/2015/05/31/a-job-well-done-welcome-home-611.aspx|archive-date=April 25, 2016}}</ref> No. 611 moved under its own power for the first time in nearly 21 years and successfully completed a main line test run from Spencer to [[Greensboro, North Carolina]] and back on May 21.<ref>{{Cite web|last=Wrinn|first=Jim|title=Norfolk & Western No. 611 roars back onto the main line, but wye is a problem|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/norfolk--western-no-611-roars-back-onto-the-main-line-but-wye-is-a-problem|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Media|date=May 21, 2015|access-date=March 17, 2019|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150529194932/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/norfolk--western-no-611-roars-back-onto-the-main-line-but-wye-is-a-problem|archive-date=May 29, 2015}}</ref>{{efn|Being prepared for its second excursion career, No. 611 was given back the tool car No. 1407 from the Roanoke Chapter NRHS and another ex-L&N ''Big Emma'' auxiliary tender VMTX No. 250001, which was originally used behind No. 1218 during its NS excursion career from 1987 to 1991.<ref name="TurntableTimes2015">{{Cite magazine|last=|first=|date=May 4, 2015|title=N&W No. 2156 Headed To Roanoke|url=https://roanokenrhs.org/Newsletter_PDFs/2015/2nd_qtr_Turntable_Times_2015.pdf|magazine=Turntable Times|publisher=Roanoke Chapter, National Railway Historical Society|page=5|access-date=June 12, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210612155852/https://roanokenrhs.org/Newsletter_PDFs/2015/2nd_qtr_Turntable_Times_2015.pdf|archive-date=June 12, 2021}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|last=|first=|title=More cars arrive for N&W No. 611; test run to Greensboro set for Thursday|url=http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/more-cars-arrive-for-nw-no-611-test-run-to-greensboro-set-for-thursday|work=Trains|publisher=Kalmbach Publishing|date=May 20, 2015|access-date=June 11, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20191207054622/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/more-cars-arrive-for-nw-no-611-test-run-to-greensboro-set-for-thursday|archive-date=December 7, 2019|url-status=dead}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|title=Chessie Safety Express #614A Water Tender|url=https://www.themetrains.com/chessie-safety-express-consist-614A-aux-tender.html|work=ThemeTrains.com|access-date=June 3, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150529194932/http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2015/05/norfolk--western-no-611-roars-back-onto-the-main-line-but-wye-is-a-problem|archive-date=June 3, 2021}}</ref>}} On May 28, the NCTM held photo runbys with No. 611 leading passenger and freight consists, plus night photo session.<ref>{{Cite web|title=The NCTM says goodbye to the 611!|url=http://fireup611.org/event/fired-up-photo-charter-at-the-nctm-in-spencer-nc/|work=Fire Up 611!|publisher=Virginia Museum of Transportation|access-date=March 7, 2017|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150428211337/http://fireup611.org/event/fired-up-photo-charter-at-the-nctm-in-spencer-nc/|archive-date=April 28, 2015|url-status=dead}}</ref>
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